Police arrest 986 violators of lockdown order in Kaduna

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The Police Command in Kaduna has arrested 986 suspects for violating the lockdown order imposed by the state government to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the state.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Umar Musa Muri made the disclosure while briefing newsmen at the police headquarters in Kaduna on Wednesday.

He said, “the Kaduna Police Command in its bid to enforce the lockdown and social distancing orders imposed by the State Government, which took effect from 26 March 2020 to date, with a view to curbing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the state and environs, has arrested nine hundred and eighty-six (986) violators across the state amongst which forty-eight (48) suspects who are mostly religious leaders and beer parlour, operators.”

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According to CP Muri, the suspects have been charged to court for prosecution while the remaining suspects will be arraigned in court accordingly.

Furthermore, the command in collaboration with the force headquarters Abuja had on 5th February 2020 launched a well-coordinated operation code-named “Taking the battle to the bandit’s camps” where several identified notorious bandits camps within Birnin Gwari and Giwa axis were successfully destroyed.

However, the gallant determination of our personnel has yielded some successes with the apprehension of ninety-one (91) suspects for various crimes which includes banditry, armed robbery, kidnapping, culpable homicide, rape, shop breaking, theft and other mundane crimes. He said.

Recoveries made during the investigation include 15 AK47 rifles, ten English made pistols, ten locally made guns, one pump action rifle, one locally-made revolver pistol, one G3 gun, one thousand five hundred and seventy-five live ammunition, 28 live cartridges, 21 rounds of G3 ammunition, 20 motor vehicles of different and models and descriptions, nine motorcycles of different models, 3 tricycles.

Others include two hundred and forty-six cows, 16 sheep, 20 bags of rice, six bags of beans, 71 pieces of cutlasses/knives/swords/scissors, 12 mobile cellphones, one anti-tracking device, 10 TV/DVD sets, 17 laptops/ iPads, 14 Italian handbags, two iron rods and eight bags of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp.

CP Muri said the diligent investigation into various allegations is ongoing as some of the suspects have confessed to their crimes and will be prosecuted accordingly.

“The major yardstick to measure a commands achievement is through the number of convictions gained, the Kaduna state command was able to secure 38 convictions on various criminal allegations within the period under review as I ensure that the police do not go to courts for jamboree.”

He, however, enjoined the people of Kaduna to keep supporting the command with prompt and useful information that will aid the relentless battle against criminal elements by reporting any suspicious persons to the nearest police station or via the command’s designated emergency response numbers.

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